INDEPENDENT AGED CARE REVIEW MUST BE INDEPENDENT AND CONSIDER FUNDING

Labor welcomes the appointment of David Tune AO PSM to lead the independent review of aged care required as part of Labor’s Living Longer Living Better aged care package.

We call on the Turnbull Government to allow Mr Tune to deliver the open and transparent review that older Australians and the aged care sector are calling for and to make funding a central focus.

As the Independent Chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee Mr Tune will appreciate the need to address the future funding arrangements of aged care.

Before the election, Labor argued that aged care funding needed to be predictable and that the ongoing spikes and changes to aged care funding is simply unsustainable for providers and consumers.

Labor calls on the Turnbull Government to allow Mr Tune to make his first act the inclusion of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and the care of older Australians in the terms of the review.

The sector have been calling for a major review of ACFI since before the Turnbull Government slashed more than $2 billion from the sector.

The legislative review is required to include public consultation, including with approved providers, workers, consumers, people with special needs, carers and representatives of consumers, so the Government has nowhere to hide.

Instead of fighting the sector and consumers the Turnbull Government should come to the table and confront the issue willingly.

If the Turnbull Liberal Government chooses to ignore this issue, Labor will introduce a private member's bill in the next parliamentary sitting week to require ACFI and the care needs of older Australians be included in the review.

Labor delivered one of the biggest reforms to aged care and ageing in a generation with the $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better aged care package.

The ten-year strategy has started to build a fairer and more sustainable aged care system, however the Turnbull Liberal Government’s neglect has put the future of the reforms at risk.